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I’m David Deforest from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

Global stock markets are posting mixed results today. A key stock index in Hong Kong was down 5 percent at the close of trading, but Taiwan and Korea made gains. Today traders are reacting to an interest rate cut by Australia’s Central Bank and may be hoping other central banks will follow suit in an effort to ease the tight credit market. European markets meanwhile are reacting nervously again as the banking crisis continues to worry many. Tom Rivers reports from London.

 

While financial jitters were felt right across Europe Tuesday, European stocks generally posted moderate gains on hopes that central banks will cut interest rates soon. Also improving the moods slightly, is a decision by European Union finance ministers to guarantee bank deposits up to 68,000 dollars. For the second day in a row, banking stocks in particular faced a rough ride. In Britain, the Royal Bank of Scotland shed over 40% of its values at one stage. At issue were questions over the institution’s liquidity and solvency. Mark Saunders, the chief UK economist at Citigroup, says the effect of the problem will take time to resolve and it will require a multiple approach. "It's a mix of public sector recapitalization of the banks, emergency liquidity support for the banks and lower interest rate to help improve the economy." In Iceland, the board of directors of Landsbanki, the country’s second largest bank, has been dismissed, and the institution placed into receivership. The country is also negotiating a 5.4-billion-dollar loan from Russia to shore up the nation’s finances as it faces a severe financial crisis. Tom Rivers for VOA News, London

 

Pakistani officials have ordered Afghan refugees out of a country’s border tribal area. Pakistani authorities today began enforcing an order for Afghans to leave the Bajaur tribal region, accusing the refugees of having links to militants in the area. Pakistani troops have been targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban linked militants in Bajaur for several weeks, killing at least 1,000 militants so far. Officials today said at least 40 Afghans have been arrested and would be deported to their homeland. Some Afghan-owned shops in the tribal area also were shut down. Afghanistan's government is denying media reports that it has been holding talks with the Taliban. VOA correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kabul.

 

Afghanistan has denied talks have been held with the Taliban or its intermediaries. The denial follows reports that representatives of the insurgents or former Taliban officials met with Afghan government officials as part of a Saudi royal mediation effort late last month. Presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada told reporters that while President Hamid Karzai has asked the Saudi King to arrange such discussions, they have not yet occurred. "The government of Afghanistan is open to speaking with anyone in the opposition and the people who are fighting against the Afghan people and the Afghan government, but no such talk has happened, as of yet." Media reports in the region have also quoted a Taliban spokesman as denying that peace talks have taken place. Steve Herman, VOA News. Kabul.

 

Iraq’s foreign minister says his country is “very close” to finalizing an agreement with the United States that would allow American troops to remain in the country beyond 2008. Hoshyar Zebari discussed the progress of negotiations between Baghdad and Washington today during a joint press conference with US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte. The two sides have been working on an agreement that would keep US forces in Iraq after the United Nations' mandate for the multi-national forces expires December 31. But they have been divided over the issue of granting US servicemen immunity for crimes committed in Iraq.

 

US public opinion poll showed that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has widened a lead over Republican rival John McCain ahead of a high-stakes debate today. A Washington Post ABC News poll released today found Obama ahead of McCain 51 to 45 in the mid-western state of Ohio, a key state in the race for the White House. The poll said respondents give Obama higher marks on handling the economy and bringing change to Washington. A CNN poll found that Obama leads McCain 53 to 45 percent, double his lead from a September survey. But another nationwide poll by Reuters, C-Span and Zogby puts Obama in the lead by just three percentage points. Senator McCain and Senator Obama will debate tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.

U.S. stock indexes are up at this hour.

 

I’m David Deforest. More news on the internet at voanews.com

 

 

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I’m David Deforest from the VOA News Center in Washington.

 

Global stock markets are posting mixed results today. A key stock index in Hong Kong was down 5 percent at the close of trading, but Taiwan and Korea made gains. Today traders are reacting to an interest rate cut by Australian central bank and may be hoping other central banks will follow suit in an effort to ease the tight credit market. European markets meanwhile are reacting nervously again as the banking crisis continues to worry many. Tom Rivers reports from London.

 

While financial jitters were felt right across Europe Tuesday, European stocks generally posted moderate gains on hopes that central banks will cut interest rates soon. Also improving the moods slightly, is a decision by European Union finance ministers to guarantee bank deposits up to 68,000 dollars. For the second day in a row, banking stocks in particular faced a rough ride. In Britain, the Royal Bank of Scotland shed over 40% of its value at one stage. At issue were questions over the institution’s liquidity and solvency. Mark Saunders, the chief UK economist at Citigroup, says the effect of the problem will take time to resolve and it will require a multiple approach. "It's a mix of public sector recapitalization of the banks, emergency liquidity support for the banks and lower interest rates to help improve the economy." In Iceland, the board of directors of Landsbanki, the country’s second largest bank, has been dismissed, and the institution placed into receivership. The country is also negotiating a 5.4-billion-dollar loan from Russia to shore up the nation’s finances as it faces a severe financial crisis. Tom Rivers for VOA News, London

 

Pakistani officials have ordered Afghan refugees out of a country’s border tribal area. Pakistani authorities today began enforcing an order for Afghans to leave the Bajaur tribal region, accusing the refugees of having links to militants in the area. Pakistani troops have been targeting al-Qaeda and Taliban linked militants in Bajaur for several weeks, killing at least 1,000 militants so far. Officials today said at least 40 Afghans have been arrested and would be deported to their homeland. Some Afghan-owned shops in the tribal area also were shut down. Afghanistan's government is denying media reports that it has been holding talks with the Taliban. VOA correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kabul.

 

Afghanistan has denied talks have been held with the Taliban or its intermediaries. The denial follows reports that representatives of the insurgents or former Taliban officials met with Afghan government officials as part of a Saudi royal mediation effort late last month. Presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada told reporters that while President Hamid Karzai has asked the Saudi King to arrange such discussions, they have not yet occurred. "The government of Afghanistan is open to speaking with anyone in the opposition and the people who are fighting against the Afghan people and the Afghan government, but no such talk has happened, as of yet." Media reports in the region have also quoted a Taliban spokesman as denying that peace talks have taken place. Steve Herman, VOA News. Kabul.

 

Iraq’s foreign minister says his country is “very close” to finalizing an agreement with the United States that would allow American troops to remain in the country beyond 2008. Hoshyar Zebari discussed the progress of negotiations between Baghdad and Washington today during a joint press conference with US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte. The two sides have been working on an agreement that would keep US forces in Iraq after the United Nations' mandate for the multi-national forces expires December 31. But they have been divided over the issue of granting US servicemen immunity for crimes committed in Iraq.

 

US public opinion poll showed that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has widened a lead over Republican rival John McCain ahead of a high-stakes debate today. A Washington Post ABC News poll released today found Obama ahead of McCain 51 to 45 in the mid-western state of Ohio, a key state in the race for the White House. The poll said respondents give Obama higher marks on handling the economy and bringing change to Washington. A CNN poll found that Obama leads McCain 53 to 45 percent, double his lead from a September survey. But another nationwide poll by Reuters, C-Span and Zogby puts Obama in the lead by just three percentage points. Senator McCain and Senator Obama will debate tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.

U.S. stock indexes are up at this hour.

 

I’m David Deforest. More news on the internet at voanews.com

 

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